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CONGRESS DAY ONE
WEDNESDAY 21ST MARCH
(GARNACHA 2)

 
 

 

 

08:30

 

Registration

 

09:20

Congress Welcome

Adrian Howlett | Conference Producer | Layer123

 

09:25

Opening Remarks

Mark Lum | Chair | Zero Touch Automation Congress

Co-Founder & Market Lead | Layer123

 
 

 

This first Zero Touch Congress offers a fresh focus to create the future of Network & Service Management based upon practical and collaborative approaches founded in production network reality. Bringing together the market makers to start the Zero Touch journey in the most beneficial manner for carriers!

Driven by requirements for carriers to become more agile and responsive to their customers' needs, as well as commercial pressures to reduce operational costs and to address the increasing skills gap, Carrier Automation is a must-have for survival in today's fast-moving, dynamic and competitive business environment for telecoms services.

Legacy OSS has served the industry well, but new directions are now being established, built on new NFV+SDN infrastructure. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are going to revolutionise telecoms networking operations and the strategic shift is already underway, in this transformation of Network Operations, NFV Orchestration & Services Management to an automated future.

 
 

 

WELCOME ADDRESS

 

09:35

Welcome Address

Juan Carlos García López | Director of Technology and Architecture, Global CTIO | Telefónica

 

 

KEYNOTES - ZERO TOUCH & CARRIER AUTOMATION

 

09:45

KEYNOTE

Juan Carlos García López | Director of Technology and Architecture, Global CTIO | Telefónica

10:10

KEYNOTE

Peter Konings | Head of Product Development, Europe | Verizon

10:35

KEYNOTE

Luis Jorge Romero | Director General | ETSI

11:00

Meet the Exhibitors

Adrian Howlett | Conference Producer | Layer123

 

11:10

 

Refreshment & exhibition break

 

11:35

Chair's Opening Address

Caroline Chappell | Principal Analyst | Analysys Mason

11:45

Operations and Automation

Sergio Pozo | Senior Architect for Orchestration | Vodafone

12:10

 

EXECUTIVE PANEL

 
 

 

The advent of NFV+SDN presents a great opportunity for - and is the necessary prerequisite to - a dramatic increase in the automation of network operations and service delivery, and also answers calls for a re-working of established OSS/BSS. Development of the "Self-Driving Network", Cognitive Networking, AI (Artificial Intelligence), ML (Machine Learning), and so on, will dramatically increase the agility and scalability of networks for 5G and IoT.

 
 

 

This interactive Executive Panel will cover key themes, including:

• Zero Touch is a huge endeavour. So, where is the best place to start, and with what scope?
• What new mechanisms and instruments are available to bring about Zero Touch?
• How will concepts like AI and open source tools be productised for application?
• How fast can the pace of change be? Is this a business-case initiative, or a generational infrastructure evolution?

 
 

Juan Carlos García López | Director of Technology and Architecture, Global CTIO | Telefónica

 

Peter Konings | Head of Product Development, Europe | Verizon

 

David Hughes | VP Engineering | PCCW Global

 

Sergio Pozo | Senior Architect for Orchestration | Vodafone

 

Moderated by:

Caroline Chappell | Principal Analyst | Analysys Mason

12:50

 

Lunch & Lunchtime Debating Tables

 
 

 

An opportunity to discuss and debate key innovation topics under the guidance and leadership of NFV and SDN Congress Advisory Panel members

 
 

1. Zero Touch and Automation Reality Check

Sue White | Head of SDN/NFV Marketing | NEC/Netcracker

 

 

How far are we from the ultimate goal? We will discuss what is really automated today in OSS/SDN/NFV networks and what are the gaps and key challenges that need to be overcome to move forward.

 
 

2. VNF (and PNF) Onboarding - The Key to NFV

Marc Cohn | VP Product Management | EnterpriseWeb

 

 

Current models for Virtual Network Function/Physical Network Function onboarding are too time consuming, static, and difficult to maintain. Real-world NFV deployments must accommodate virtually any VNF/PNF, with widely varying performance and operational characterstics. In addition, Onboarding must enable both VNF Lifecycle and Element (i.e., FCAPS) management, in a multi-vendor, multi-VIM/Cloud environment. What are the ongoing activities to address these challenges?

 
 

3. Zero-Touch Migration or - how do we get our customers into the new world?

Rolf Eberhardt | Head of Service Orchestration | HPE

 

 

Bad inventories, legacy equipment APIs, non-standard device configurations, missing service models - that's the reality of today's OSS systems. Unfortunately, the business case for the software defined services will not fly if our customers decide that migrating to our new world is too complex, too risky … or the CFO deems it too expensive. The table will discuss how we bring Zero-Touch Migration to life.

 
 

CARRIER AUTOMATION, FUTURE OSS
(GARNACHA 2)

 

13:50

Chair's Opening Address

Sue Rudd | Director Service Provider Analysis | Strategy Analytics

 

 

Going forward Fixed Mobile Convergence and the advent of 5G will demand Hybrid Orchestration, increased Automation based on Expert Systems, Machine Learning and AI. To guarantee SLAs Network Slicing will require on-demand service instantiation and policy driven Intelligence based E2E service flow management.

CSPs need to adopt new automated OSS tools aggressively to accelerate large scale SDN/NFV deployment in 2018. In order for SDN/NFV to take off exponentially and deliver on its promise, CSPs must adopt new tools and processes that enable the same number of personnel to support ten times today's traffic.

 

14:00

FORUM KEYNOTE - Management of future networks, based on uncompromising automation

Klaus Martiny | Senior Program Manager | Deutsche Telekom

Chair | ETSI ZSM ISG

 

 

The challenges introduced by the deployment of new network foundations such as NFV and new architectures such as 5G trigger the need to accelerate network transformation, and radically change the way networks and services are managed and orchestrated - driving the need for automation.

 

14:20

Zero-Touch Operations = Extreme Automation

Dave Duggal | Founder & Managing Director | EnterpriseWeb

14:40

Cross Carrier Automation using SDN APIs

David De Klerck | Associate Director Carrier Product and Strategy Europe | Verizon

 

Javier Benitez | Senior Network Architect | Colt

15:00

Simplifying and automating the production of NFV services by unifying engineering and operations

Victor Donselaar | VP Sales & Business Development | Accanto Systems

 

 

One of the many challenges with NFV is its complexity once in production. By adding intelligence to the service that's being engineered, operators can reduce the effort and number of people required to manage and maintain a service. This presentation outlines how this balance is achieved.

 

15:20

The Path to Zero Touch With Domain Orchestration

Ari Banerjee | VP, Strategy | NEC/Netcracker

 

 

Automation needs to be driven top down from the service itself, which means crossing traditional OSS, SDN and NFV domains. Discussing a new domain orchestration approach that will be necessary to enable zero touch as we progress toward new 5G services.

 

15:40

 

Refreshment & exhibition break

 

16:10

Chair's Market Highlights

Anil Rao | Principal Analyst | Analysys Mason

16:20

Network Transition and Multi-vendor SDN Enablement

Roy Silon | VP R&D | Atrinet

 

 

This involves fast and reliable migration execution from one technology, vendor or platform to another (including shifting toward SDN/NFV) as well as turning legacy, closed, network devices into SDN-speakers. This is quite unique and enables hybrid services to be open and multi-vendor - It's a real game-changer for Operations and Engineering.

 

16:40

3 Steps to Automated Service-Aware Networks

Ori Gerstel | CTO | Sedona Systems

17:00

Colt's SDN & NFV: The Route to Automation

Javier Benitez | Senior Network Architect | Colt

 

 

Colt is transforming the way we do business and offer network services to customers through the adoption of SDN & NFV. Javier Benitez will focus in this presentation on Colt's active developments, sharing with the audience our experience in deploying SDN & NFV solutions in production both for Ethernet, IP and Optical services, the learning associated as well as their future plans. In particular, he will focus on all the benefits and implications about automation, both for internal as well as external use cases.

 

17:20

Panel Introduction

Michael Howard | Sr. Research Director & Advisor, Carrier Networks | IHS Markit

17:25

 

PANEL DEBATE - Zero Touch & Carrier Automation Innovation Panel

 
 

 

Market leaders debate key issues for advancement

 
 

Prayson Pate | CTO, Ensemble | ADVA Optical Networking

 

Bart Vanbrabant | Co-founder & CTO | Inmanta

 

Moderated by:

Michael Howard | Sr. Research Director & Advisor, Carrier Networks | IHS Markit

17:55

 

End of Carrier Automation, Future OSS Forum

 
 

 

ZERO TOUCH AUTOMATION RECEPTION

 
 

 

 

18:00

 

Drinks Reception

 

19:20

 

End of Congress Day One

 
 

SMART NETWORKING & APPLICATION OF AI/ML
(GARNACHA 1)

 

13:50

Chair's Opening Address

Francis Haysom | Principal Analyst | Appledore Research

 

 

For me the active exploration of Machine Learning in Telco because of the demands of virtualization is extremely positive. The key challenge in this area is that we are not trusting this learning and are building in manual stop/go into what could be fully automated. Overcoming the trust barrier to ML is the key challenge for telco in automating the network.

 

14:00

Topic to be announced

Shahar Steiff | AVP New Technologies | PCCW Global

Board Member | MEF

14:20

Living on the Edge - how Zero Touch and automation empowers Private LTE

John Baker | SVP, Business Development | Mavenir

14:40

Automating the Wireless 5G Core Network

Serge Manning | Senior Technology Strategist, Global Standards | Sprint

Vice-Chair, Network Operators Council | ETSI ZSM ISG

 

 

As 5G CN standards are developing, there are architectural differences that lend themselves to an automated approach. We will take a look at some of the 3GPP standardized features and parameters that need to be considered when trying to automate 5G CN service design and deployment, and to support dynamic scaling and healing of a running network.

 

15:00

Road to Zero-Touch - a Carrier's Reality

Ken Kanishima | Senior Research Engineer | NTT

15:20

Enterprise Architecture implications for a zero-touch network Telco

Krzysztof Korzunowicz | Managing Consultant | Detecon International

 

 

Explaining how the traditional separation of competences between departments within both DEV/OPS/Test parts of organizations does not leave a place to build up and provide scalable, automated capabilities that are required in a zero-touch Telco - and what should be done to make it possible.

 

15:40

 

Refreshment & exhibition break

 

16:10

Chair's Market Highlights

Robert Haim | Business Analyst | ACG Research

16:20

Zero Touch Provisioning for Infrastructure and Virtual Apps

Helmut Zürner | Senior Manager Virtual Network Products Europe | Verizon

 

Chris Lichko | Managing Director, Global Client Services, Europe | Verizon

 

16:40

The role of YANG for Zero Touch Provisioning . MEF Legato multi-vendor demonstration at Telefonica Lab.

Oscar González de Dios | Researcher | Telefónica

17:00

Network Services Automation with MEF 3.0

Pascal Menezes | Chief Technology Officer | MEF

 

 

With the launch of MEF 3.0, MEF is accelerating the ability of service providers to create a global ecosystem of networks that deliver automated services for the digital economy. These game-changing services provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with user and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities.

This session will provide an overview of the MEF 3.0 transformational services framework and more specifically, will highlight developments in the MEF 3.0 Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) work program, including the LSO framework, information models and Open APIs, all of which are key to supporting service automation across multi-provider networks.

Looking forward, the impacts of new developments in the areas of artificial intelligence, analytics and application performance assurance will be discussed.

 

17:20

 

End of Smart Networking & Application of AI/ML Forum

 

18:00

 

ZERO TOUCH AUTOMATION WORLD RECEPTION

 
 

 

 

18:00

 

Drinks Reception

 

19:20

 

End of Congress Day One

 

 

 

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